Sheriff Melvin Brisolara says the investigation into the recent escape of four inmates at the Harrison County jail is now over. This week, Lieutenant Jacent Gregory was fired for "dereliction of duty." Gregory was the supervisor for the night shift when the inmates escaped.
"I think it speaks for itself," Brisolara said. "he was not doing what he was supposed to be doing, being the officer in charge."
And the investigation made it clear, Gregory was not the only one who dropped the ball.
"Where we had some problems was on the officers doing their jobs as far as checking their cells. And we had a breakdown in the functions of the duties."
Along with Gregory's dismissal, Sergeant Mickey Dill was suspended for 15 days without pay.
The four inmates who escaped spent hours using a 300 pound cell door as a battering ram to drive a hole into a wall. Most people find it hard to understand how this could go unnoticed by the jailers, and Sheriff Brisolara agrees.
"I was floored. I could not believe it. The same thing that the citizens thought, I could not understand how a security staff could have that go on and not notice it."
Now, he realizes, part of the problem may have been jailers just tuning the noise out, since it is typically so noisy in the jail.
Brisolara says he is confident, thanks to what they have done and what they plan to do, that the jail is a safer place. But he's also a realist.
"I am not going to sit here and tell you, 'I guarantee there will never be another jail escapee from this facility.' I am not going to do that."
The end result of the escape last month is one jailer fired, and three suspended. Again, Sheriff Brisolara says the investigation is now over.
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